2012: Actress Blake Lively is the new face of Gucci parfum

If you were installing a new luxurious scent into your collections who would you hire? Well, those fashionable people at Gucci have opted for Hollywood starlet and ‘girl next door’ Blake Lively to front their new fragrance campaign.

Blake Lively for Gucci

Blake Lively for Gucci

The new scent aptly named Gucci Première eau de parfum has been created to emulate an aroma which matches their red-carpet inspired line with the same name. The adverts will be shot by renowned duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot while Nicolas Winding Refn will create the advert for television.

Speaking out about her new venture to WWD Lively noted that: “Gucci is a staple. It is a brand I have always looked up to because to me it represents strength.”

“In their designs, in their images, in what they stand for philanthropically, and especially in their fragrance… I couldn’t be more proud to be working with Gucci and its heart, Frida.”

Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini also commented: “Although she’s young, she’s also very determined, and I liked this spirit… she knows how to be a diva in the right sense, with an aspirational glamour,” reasoning that Lively was chosen “because she is a girl of extraordinary beauty and a girl who loves fashion.”

Gucci Première is set to launch in Selfridges on July 5 2012 and will then be rolled out nationwide in late July. It will be available worldwide launch in September.



2012 Olympic fashion – 100 days to go

With only 100 days to go until the 2012 Olympics grace our London-based doorstep, officials have ramped up the promotion by leading worldwide events that have already included 20,000 flowers being planted (to emulate the Olympic rings) at Kew Gardens, and a barrage of royal soldiers replicating the number 100.

Sport luxe pieces by Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, H&M and Kurt Geiger

Sport luxe pieces by Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, H&M and Kurt Geiger

However, if you find your patriotism in fashion, instead of on the games, then why not get inspired by the track and field pieces which were displayed on the spring/summer 2012 catwalks. First up, Team GB’s very own designer Stella McCartney whom took sport luxe to the next level. Other designers such as Isabel Marant, Lacoste, Versus, DAKS and Hakaan amongst others all followed suit using a mix of sport luxe inspired pieces such as sweat tops, vests, slouchy pants, T-shirts and tennis-net materials alongside colourful palettes.

On the high street you can still purchase similar pieces at a fraction of the price. Kurt Geiger have just brought out a pair of gold sequined Converse pumps whilst Topshop also have concocted a great creation with their LIMBO sport panel platforms (£65). Rather than falling behind at the first hurdle why not opt for this fab mesh stitch white jumper by Dorothy Perkins (£26) above; perfect for early spring and late summer nights. Heritage brand Marks & Spencer also have a fab selection in store from official Olympic T-shirts to patriotic pieces and beyond while online Asos also stock a mound of sports wear inspired pieces that range from vintage watches, evening wear and day wear including pieces from designer Mark Fast and their own branded neon zip Asos parker coat (was £70 now £35). New Look also have their very own sports collection which houses these super cute heart print joggers for just £14.99: remember to team separates with H&M’s chinos for just £17.99 to help make them all gold winners…

Paris Fashion Week: Lanvin autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Celebrating designer Alber Elbaz’s 10th birthday at the helm of French fashion house Lanvin is quite an achievement and to mark the occasion Lanvin laid on tiers and tiers of birthday cake, finger sandwiches and of course, champagne.



Whilst a stellar line up of celebrity guests such as Jade Jagger and Dita Von Teese quaffed bubbles from the front row, Elbaz was lining up his colour parade of models to protrude swiftly down the catwalk.

To start a technicolor array of jewel toned and bright peplum dresses in both strapless and ruffled versions alongside matching skirts and tops were shown, as if noting that if we grown up women harked back to our 10th birthday this would be the colour spectrum we would have chosen; and Elbaz was so right.

This swiftly moved onto more grown up attire with black leather and embossed lions heads on belts giving a slight nod to warrior princess’; however, this didn’t last long as then came the brocade, lace, jewels and opulent materials we were so desperately craved with cascading waves of materials leading finally into the fun cocktail dresses which were printed, bejewelled and curvaceous as well as offering fur coats to wrap up in: this was defiantly a collection I would like to adorn if I was celebrating a special birthday next season…

London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections day 3

Celeb-fav Mulberry got the third day at London Fashion Week off to a great start. Unsuspecting every year Mulberry always give out their canvas totes to press at Somerset House and stupidly enough I have never noticed that as press always receive it on the first day of fashion week it always has some nod to their collections. This time a huge golden-haired monster adorned the tote and as beforehand press, buyers, celebrities and clients all received the giant A4 style golden key invites, this was to actually help them unlock their way into a mystical monster’s lair which had been set up in Claridges Ballroom.


The collection consisted of yeti style coats and gilets, warm and cosy knits, tiger prints, teddy bear coats and baseball jackets; this epitome of fun all in fur textures, mysterious prints, beautiful cuts and romantic layers – silk, lace trim and voluminous soft fabrics. Evening wear was bright and glam with sweetheart neckline cocktail dresses complete with lace décolletage.

FROW guests included Lana Del Rey, Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Bill Nighy, Lou Lesage, Olivie Palermo, Tinie Tempah, Michelle Dockery, Tom Hiddleston, Leigh Lezark and Azealia Benks amongst others as guests walked out to post-show bacon butties and bloody mary drinks; a perfect way to start Sunday morning.

Moving swiftly on towards lunchtime designer Marios Schwab delighted guests with his take of the femme fatale. Creating 1920s style clothing and listening to an orchestrated violin concerto Schwab sent models down the catwalk in elbow length gloves, cloche and wide-brimmed hats (supplied by milliner Philip Treacy) alongside fitted day dresses. Pencil skirts with sheer blouses tucked in then ensued with a selection of shiny trench jackets while roll neck jumpers with cut out lace pieces followed. However, it was evening wear where Schwab excelled showing a dark themed ‘under the sea’ style collection on floor length gowns which were draped in metallic swirl prints, sea shells and sequins with sheer black material to cover them all in palette of seaweed green, rose-pink and rusted red as the style then changed to white and nude body sculpted gowns with Swarovski crystals.

British heritage designers Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith then ensued showing a delightful mix of clashing fabrics and colours (including tartan), and sturdy tailoring.

Next up was designer Jonathan Saunders whose tightly edited collection consisted of harlequin checked trousers and skirts in plum and black, 3-D padded cropped jackets in chocolate hues and day dresses in larger checked dark green and black styles. He also brought in quirky sportswear including cashmere V-neck jumpers, pleat-skirted fitted dresses, shorts, tailored jackets all complete with visors.

Matthew Williamson rounded up the third day of London Fashion Week by celebrating 15 years in the industry. For autumn/winter 2012/13 Williamson clearly took inspiration from those around him such as celebrity pals Kate Moss and Sienna Miller whom the designer has gown up with, therefore so has their wardrobe and to which the designer has catered for. To start models adorned bronze lamé tailored trousers (reminiscent of their disco hey-days) and plain silk tees which were matched with oversized fur coats which had circles of mint green and navy hues cut out. The collection then took a fun twist showing evening wear dresses with sheer bejewelled tops thrown over and shirts with lace panels tucked into metallic skirts, with paisley print trousers for the boho chic whom still loves to party.

For the grown up woman there was a selection of black tailored suits with metallic thread sewn in and fabulous  maxi dresses with shattered glass, phoenix and golden rose and rope prints in rich reds and oranges. Bright colours were also big as Williamson used an array of sky blue, turquoise and olive greens.



Matt Damon helps Lisa Snowdon celebrate her 40th birthday

She is the queen of morning radio with her new co-presenter Dave Berry for Capital FM, but the early morning wake up calls are not showing one teeny bit, as when presenter/model Lisa Snowdon stepped out last night in town to celebrate her 40th birthday she put most women half her age to shame.

Lisa Snowdon

Lisa Snowdon

Dressed in a thigh high split gown, Snowdon’s pillar box red Jessica Rabbit style dress by Suzanne Neville got her all the right attention not only from male admires but from the press as well. She also adorned a pair of fabulous Christian Louboutin pointed courts (and matching clutch) and diamond Stephen Webster style earrings.

Snowdon, who is also known as being one of actor George Clooney’s ex-girlfriends, clearly showed him what he was missing. She must have of course also met a few of his pals in the past as there was also a surprise attendance from one of Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve co-stars Matt Damon, whom brought along his gorgeous wife Luciana Barroso. Guests seemed shocked but thrilled by Damon’s attendance noting what a famous face Snowdon had at her party.

The soiree was held at Portland Place and although millionaire Damon arrived without a card or gift for the birthday girl (who is not officially 40 until tomorrow), the concierge trolley showed how truly popular the presenter is as she left the building with bags full of gifts which included Space NK skincare, perfume and Grey goose vodka.

Kelly Brook unveils new lingerie line for New Look

Curvy starlet Kelly Brook has unveiled her latest underwear range for high street chain New Look.

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In these stunning pictures Brook strips down to show off her fabulous figure and model her latest collection as she explains how and why she has designed this range for the curvier woman. Speaking exclusively to Now Magazine Brook noted that: “I don’t like minimiser bras. I think girls should embrace their curves – push ’em up! Lacy French knickers that accentuate your waist flatter us curvy girls.”

The model-turned-actress’ latest collection comprises of a selection of sexy bras, knickers and suspenders in a mixture of lace, cotton and satin adding that: “I have the whole collection I’ve designed for New Look too – it’s so comfortable to wear and looks super-sexy.”

Adding: “I feel so excited to have been able to work on such an exciting project with New Look.

I’m delighted with how the collection has turned out, it’s glamorous, sexy, girly and feels great – everything I look for in my lingerie!”

And it’s true judging by these snaps men will be filling up on stock for their loved ones as the collection is due to hit stores this coming Valentine’s Day.

Prices start from as little as £5.99: for more info visit www.newlook.com

2011 New Year’s Eve fireworks cost tax payers £1.8 million

So, here we are the big 2012 already and with a humongous year behind us we push through into the Olympics and 2012 which was firmly orientated by the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. Augmenting London’s place in history the fireworks over the Thames in front of the Millennium Wheel and Big Ben, alongside the Houses of Parliament lasted a stunning 10 minutes costing approximately £1.8million of tax payers money. Apparently the pyrotechnics alone cost £282,000 whilst £559,000 was noted to have been spent on crowd control for the estimated audience. Spectacular none the less here they are below…

As over 250,000 people draped the Thames to watch this showing which followed on from the likes of Sydney, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin, amongst others, it truly was an occasion to remember…

Happy New Year one and all…